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Sunday, February 26 • 10:00am - 11:00am
The Importance of Nerdfighteria as a Safe Space: Taking Stock and Looking Forward

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Even though the nerdfighter community is vaguely defined, there seems to be a consensus among a majority of its members that it is a space where they can safely voice their opinions and find support. This panel will explore attributes, values, and actions that work in keeping the community positive and engaging, both online and off. It will also look into ways of improving the experience for an even wider variety of its members.

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Ute Orgassa

Ute Orgassa is a longtime Nerdfighter, a NerdCon volunteer, a VidCon volunteer, a VidCon SuperMod, and a bi-weekly youtube vlogger. She is a social worker by training (Dipl. Soz. Päd and PhD). Nowadays, Ute is a writer of stories and a teller of tales. Ute goes by scratchingcat on youtube and on social media.

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Sarah Chung

Sarah Chung joined the Nerdfighter community in 2012 when she attended her first VidCon. She has since attended every VidCon thereafter and hopes to continue to do so for years to come. (Now we can add NerdCon to the list!) Currently, she is a graduate student studying counseling with a specialization in sport and health psychology. She also is an intern doing activism and advocacy work for refugees and immigrants within the Asian... Read More →
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Maia Ledesma

The Road to Nerdfighteria
Maia Ledesma is an education researcher, vlogger (WeAreStElmosFire), videographer and motion graphics artist. She manages the daily operations for The Road to Nerdfighteria, a worldwide multimedia project featuring Nerdfighter origin stories from members of the Nerdfighter community. Her passion lies in creating visual stories to educate, entertain, and inspire. Nerdfighteria inspired her to pursue a career in online video, and she hopes to one... Read More →
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Hussien Salama

Hussien has been a nerdfighter since 2009. He's been active in local circles like the Nerdfighters of the Greater DC Area, and also online with various aspects of the YouTube community. He is currently a student journalist and activist in the Chicagoland area.
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Martha Stroud

Martha has been a nerdfighter since 2008, after being introduced to the vlogbrothers by watching Michael Buckley's videos. She bought the first ticket to VidCon and with her sister made the website http://willallpreorderedcopiesofthefaultinourstarsbesigned.com/ , followed by the less popular but equally important http://doesjohngreencastmovies.com/ . A longtime active member of nerdfighteria, Martha's also a longtime beardlover and an... Read More →

Sunday February 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 201

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